Pierre leads the Noetic Society Parmenides study group through another morning of study. Lately we've been taking a break from the Parmenides, going through Proclus' Theology of Plato(*) instead, in order to see how Proclus lays out the 14 orders of gods implied in the Parmenides.
Today we read Book 3, Chapter 3
Pierre, David, Eldar, JulieH, Regina, Barbara
Greetings members of the circle of philosphers,
In leaving the third book with its splendid chapter three it just might be good to raise a few questions. From this chapter you should be able to see how the following questions can be answered. How did the first uncial God came into existence? And, what accounts for the other gods existence, their eternal life, their place among one another, their connection among one another, their communion with others and what they manifest, and their peculiarity of expression and their ability to pass on their characteristics? If they are eternal how did gain it, or how is it connected to eternity? Lastly, can you explain how the principles of all the above manifest themselves in heaven, among things generated, and to the soul & intellect? For these questions are the subject of this chapter, are they not?
My best to you allllll,
Well, how did the questions go? Did you return to the text to answer them? What grade did you give yourself? From this meeting forward I will set some questions that will need answers after each meeting? I will, of course, be pleased if any of you have questions about the meaning(s) of the reading since finding the meaning is our goal primary goal. If you do just send them on to me and I'll share them along with my own questions.
We are now in an important transition in Proclus and it will be important to keep in mind the main issues that he presents. Looking forward to our next meeting.my best to you,
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